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Posidonius: Quiz


Question 1: He traveled in Greece, Hispania, Italy, Sicily, Dalmatia, Gaul, Liguria, North Africa, and on the eastern shores of the ________.
Adriatic SeaMediterranean SeaAegean SeaIonian Sea

Question 2: Posidonius was celebrated as a polymath throughout the Greco-Roman world because he came near to mastering all the knowledge of his time, similar to ________ and Eratosthenes.
AristotleEmpiricismBertrand RussellPlato

Question 3: As a gesture of respect and great honor, Pompey lowered his ________ before Posidonius's door.
Fascist symbolismUnited StatesFascesAncient Rome

Question 4: Posidonius constructed an orrery, possibly similar to the ________.
AnaximanderAlmagestGreek astronomyAntikythera mechanism

Question 5: He recorded observations on both earthquakes and volcanoes, including accounts of the eruptions of the volcanoes in the ________, north of Sicily.
CaltagironeItalyVeniceAeolian Islands

Question 6: Posidonius wrote a geographic treatise on the lands of the ________ which has since been lost, but which has been assumed to be one of the sources for Tacitus' Germania.
Celtic languagesGaulGaulsCelts

Question 7: Posidonius upheld the Stoic doctrine of Logos, which ultimately passed into ________ belief.
BibleMessianic JudaismJudeo-ChristianChristianity and Judaism

Question 8: ________ was impressed by the sophistication of Posidonius's methods, which included correcting for the refraction of light passing through denser air near the horizon.

Question 9: [3] He was acclaimed as the greatest ________ of his age.
Islamic Golden AgePolymathItalian RenaissanceRenaissance

Question 10: Like Pytheas, Posidonius believed the tide is caused by the ________.
Ganymede (moon)Io (moon)Mercury (planet)Moon


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